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New Law Highlights

As we usher in 2022, we are once again simultaneously ushering in a broad slate of new laws in California that will bring significant change and reform to the criminal justice system. Some of these will probably warrant their own posts at some point, but for now, I am just ...

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  • New Law Highlights

    As we usher in 2022, we are once again simultaneously ushering in a broad slate of new laws in California that will bring significant change and reform to the criminal justice system. Some of these ...

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  • SB 1437 and Provocative Act Murder

    As discussed here previously, Senate Bill 1437 dramatically amended the law governing murder prosecutions in California. The goal of the law was to significantly limit murder prosecutions of people ...

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    On December 1 st , the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson , a case in which a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks is being challenged. Roe v. Wade , the law of ...

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  • A Terrible Solution to a Very Real Problem

    Access to justice is an enormous issue in our country. While we pride ourselves on being a “nation of laws,” the fact of the matter is that many people are unable to equitably access our justice ...

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    As criminal justice reform has swept the nation in the last few years, a big topic of discussion has been finding a fairer way to ensure that juries reflect an unbiased cross-section of the community. ...

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  • Qualified Immunity

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